Backwater Retreat Theme House
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- Continental Breakfast
- Meeting rooms/conference facilities
- Room service
- Non-smoking rooms
- Wireless internet connection in public areas
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We are delivered by boat to our beautifully landscaped lakeside resort and arrived in reception with our cases at 9:30am. This takes the form of a shaded veranda, open on three sides. It's already well into the 30's and very humid and after being given the introductory blurb about everything the resort has to offer the visitor, we were told we couldn't check in until 3pm ! The conversation went something like this :
... with beer," I was told. Hmm. Fort Cochin needs to have a little chat with Pushkar about their beer problem. And whilst there's no beer on the menu, officially or otherwise (unless you go to the actual licensed bars which I was pleased to find out did exist) there's beef. Like, actual dead cow. I'd noticed the distinct lack of bovines strolling around the place and figured this wasn't ...
Today's adventure was wonderful. I love being on the water. It is so relaxing to be on a boat, floating through the canals that pass through Alappuzha and the neighbouring towns. Our food was delicious, with a chef on board. Kathryn and I did a good job at picking out our menu. We went past several rice fields, and got a chance to see the husks from the rice grains, ...
... you in with tempting deals, cool A/C, glittery wares, aromatic spices, and big smiles. Bartering is the norm so we got to dabble and practice with holding our ground and walking away when we were being given the "tourist price," not the "local price." We took a tour boat to Fort Cochi and a shipping dock, which was a cool and relaxing break to the constant action of land-life. We visited an elephant coral where captured wild baby elephants are trained for lives of physical labor service ...
After the Mumbai-Goa train debacle our trust in the Indian Railways reservation system was somehow diminished. The ticket we bought for Goa to Kochi was already 3 weeks on the waitlist. So, being the 'flashpackers' that we are, we cancelled it and booked ourselves a nice budget air ticket instead.
In Kochi we met up with Alexander (?) from the UK who was looking for somebody to share the taxi, so together we took the pre-paid taxi to ...